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Verizon Gets Carriage With Showtime Networks

Apr 26, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Verizon Communications, the telephone giant that expects to launch a video service later this year, on Tuesday added to its programming roster by striking a carriage agreement with Showtime Networks.

The deal marks Verizon’s second premium pay TV programming pact in recent weeks. Financial terms were not disclosed. Earlier this month Verizon inked a deal with Starz Entertainment Group for carriage of its content.

Tuesday’s deal includes Showtime as well as digital channels, including Showtime Too, The Movie Channel, TMC Xtra and Flix. The deal also calls for Verizon to carry Showtime HD and The Movie Channel HD as well as video-on-demand content.

Verizon has been aggressively bolstering its programming offering in recent weeks as it gears up to roll out its video product, called Fios, at the end of the year.